Cheesy Greek-Style Baked Quinoa

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FYI – I’m back on my quinoa kick.

It just feels right, ya know?  It fits in perfectly with my “let’s get back to the gym!” initiative, the “I’m going to be organized in 2014!’ pipedream, and my personal favorite – the “I’m not having alcohol in January” completely insane resolution.

Yes… I’m sober you guys.  Pray for me.

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I suppose I figured January is already a pretty crappy month, so why not make it worse by taking away my precious wine?  Without parties or hangovers I’ll have time to do other productive things, I guess.  Like getting ahead on my recipe schedule.  And turning into a fitness model!  And finally finding out what the hell is crammed under my bed!

Or… maybe I’ll just watch a lot of Netflix.  Le sigh.

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In all seriousness, I’m actually kind of stoked about this experiment.  I’ve got a ton of wedding planning to do (9 months to go!), lord knows I need to save money, and I’m curious to see how my complexion improves sans booze.  So since this is a cleanse of sorts, I figured I’d up my healthy eating game and really maximize my results.  But while I might be able to tone down on the pasta and potatoes, I still need me some carbs.  Quinoa fills that void perfectly, so there’s that.  But then there’s the issue of cheese, which a girrrl cannot live without.  I refuse, okay?  I REFUSE.

Me & Cheese Forevvvaaaa.

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So anyway, this baked quinoa.  I wanted to create a Greek-style dish because Greek food is just so fresh and crisp and Summer-y, aka the complete opposite of this brutal winter weather.  And obviously I had to make things mega cheesy, because my love of fromage cannot be contained.  Which means this might be the most feel-good dish ever, because it’s healthy and lean and delicious and CHEESE.

So. Much. Cheese.

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This is a pretty little dish, isn’t it?  I just love how all those mediterranean goodies look mixed together.  We’ve got some tomato, spinach, and artichoke action going on here, and this combination with the quinoa creates a seriously hearty side dish that can easily double as a main course.  To keep this light I used fat-free feta instead of full, but feel free to use whichever you like.  And if you’re not a feta person?  Turn this into a caprese-style dish with some mozzarella instead.

Also – this would go really great with a tall glass of white wine.  Have one in my honor, would ya?

Cheesy Greek-Style Baked Quinoa

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups Cooked Quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cup Fat Free Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella or Cheddar
  • 1 cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts (in Oil)
  • 1 cup Chopped Spinach
  • 1 cup Diced Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk
  • 1 tsp Crushed or Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.

Directions:

  1. Prepare the quinoa as directed.  While quinoa cooks, dice cherry tomatoes and chop spinach leaves, then set aside.  Next, in food processor combine 1 cup feta, skim milk, garlic, lemon juice, and parsley, blending until smooth.
  2. When ready, stir artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, and spinach into quinoa, plus 1 tbsp oil from artichokes, stirring well.  Pour over with feta sauce, then season with onion powder and salt & pepper, combining thoroughly.
  3. Transfer mixture to oven safe casserole dish, spreading evenly.  Top with remaining feta and mozzarella (or cheddar), then bake at 400F for 15 minutes until top has melted.  Immediately plate and serve.

>> Prepare quinoa with chicken broth instead of water - it retains more flavor.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 167 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 17g Protein: 12g

 

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81 Responses to “Cheesy Greek-Style Baked Quinoa”

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    Anne B — January 9, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    This looks so awesome and I have all the ingredients at home. Think I’ll make it tonight.

    Thanks!

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    • Christine replied: — January 9th, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

      thanks Anne! if you end up making it please let me know how it turns out :)

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      • Anne B replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

        Have made this several times. the last time I substituted goat cheese for the feta. Love it and my family did too. They are not big fans of feta like I am, but all love goat cheese. One of my 14 year old twins is a huge quinoa fan and she really loved the goat cheese version! Thanks so much for all your fabulous recipes!

        • Christine replied: — March 25th, 2014 @ 11:06 am

          that’s great Anne! I personally LOVE goat cheese, that sounds like an amazing swap! so glad you enjoyed it and please keep coming back for more :) xx

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    Christina@Asoulfultwist — January 9, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    This looks amazing, and the addition of artichokes sound delish!

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    • Christine replied: — January 9th, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

      thanks so much Christina – I’ve been having leftovers all week!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — January 9, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    This is a REALLY great dish! I am half Greek and I heart my cheese. You know what would really be nice, a little tzaziki yogurt sauce drizzled on top! Gonna pin this one!

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    • Christine replied: — January 9th, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

      omg tzaziki is a GREAT idea!! 100% do that, I wish I had thought of that myself!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — January 9, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    Thanks, may give it a shot with some chicken on top too!

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    • Christine replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

      I actually mixed in leftovers with chicken last night and it was FAB. def recommend lol

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — January 9, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    This looks insanely delicious!!! I’m currently in a separate feta mode and separate quinoa mode, and combining them together might be a dangerously fun party for me!

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    • Christine replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 10:07 am

      girrrl you will not regret it!!! danger is a good thang ;)

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    Lauren @ Hall Nesting — January 10, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    Umm shouldn’t you consult me before you go cold stone sober? I thought we had an unwritten agreement. You drink because I cannot! But in all seriousness good for you! I have only gained .4 lbs in pregnancy (21 wks) and I think it’s because booze has been eliminated. As long as you eat cheese we can still be friends!!

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    • Christine replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 10:08 am

      HAH I know I feel like I’m letting everyone down! Just hanging up my party girrrl hat for 3 weeks, then I’m back at it! and cheese & I will never part ways, so there’s one thing we can count on lol

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    Abbie @ Needs Salt — January 10, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    Ahh this looks so good! If I could eat cheese, this would be like dinner every single night. haha.
    Pinning!

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    • Christine replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

      thanks abbie!! feel free to substitute in daiya mozzarella “cheese'” for a dairy-free swap!

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    Jess — January 10, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    This looks so delicious! I absolutely love Greek cuisine- so this recipe looks right up my street! I’ll definitely have to try this soon! :)

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    • Christine replied: — January 12th, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

      thanks so much Jess! if you try it please let me know!

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — January 11, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    Hahaha, yeah Netflix. Now if I could stop watching an entire season in two days, I’d get a lot more done! This looks and sounds absolutely incredible. I LOVE greek everything and quinoa is my favorite! Pinned and can’t wait to try :)

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    • Christine replied: — January 12th, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

      ughh I just finished breaking bad (amazing!!!) and now I’ve started binging on son’s of anarchy – Netflix is a slippery slope! you’re def gonna love this one, thanks for sharing girrrl!

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    Jayne — January 12, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    Looks yummy! Will be making this tomorrow!

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    • Christine replied: — January 15th, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

      thanks Jayne! please let me know how it turns out :)

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — January 13, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    Did I read cheese?
    And quinoa?
    And greek food?
    I’m in love with this dish. Someone make me this for dinner now, I don’t care it’s time to go to bed. I want it, and I want it now.
    Holy Moly, it looks delicious! x

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    • Christine replied: — January 21st, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

      yes, you read all of those!! thanks so much Consuelo, it really is delish!!

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    Krystle(Baking Beauty) — January 14, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    I’ve only had quinoa once and I didn’t look it. However, this looks really flavorful and cheesy. Pinning to try soon

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    Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion — January 16, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    I have never been a huge fan of quinoa… but i think you have managed to wrap it up in an awesome bake. Im in!

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    • Christine replied: — January 16th, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

      100% give it a try!! And if you can’t get passed the quinoa, brown or wild rice would be a good substitute :)

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    Tamara Coleman — January 19, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    I’ve been searching for new quinoa recipes and this bake sounds right up my alley! Thanks!
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

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    • Christine replied: — January 21st, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

      thanks so much tamara!

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    Sarah — January 20, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    This looks FAB! Question, how large is 1 serving? 1 c, 2 c, etc? Also, what size casserole dish did you use? Thanks so much girl!

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    • Christine replied: — January 21st, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

      I used a 9″ square dish, and I’d say a serving is about a cup and a 1/2! thanks for coming by sarah!

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    Jen — January 21, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    Very Good. I used shrimp instead of chicken and left out the artichokes and added more spinach!

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    • Christine replied: — January 21st, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

      that’s great Jen!! so glad you enjoyed it – please come by again :)

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    amy — January 26, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    Christine – thanks for posting this recipe. I made it this weekend and it was SO TASTY! we used the trader joe’s feta with herbs, and the whole thing was perfectly warm and delicious for this cold weather. Cheers!

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    • Christine replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

      that’s SO great Amy, I love when people make dishes and they work out awesome! so glad you enjoyed it and that it helped you warm up – please keep coming back for more! xx

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    Trela — January 27, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

    Yay! Pinned this a few weeks ago and gave it a whirl tonight. We had the tomato/basil feta in the house so I went with it. Really good! We paired it with some roasted broccoli and I may have lost weight eating dinner. Ok, I didn’t, but it was awesome healthy comfort food! Thanks!!!

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    • Christine replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

      that’s awesome Trela, thanks so much for coming back and sharing! some roasted brocc sounds like the perfect pairing, great idea! hoping to keep seeing you around here :)

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    Liz — January 29, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

    Hi Christine, do you think it would work to prepare everything in the morning, refrigerate, and then stick it in the oven at the end of the day? Would you change the cooking time at all? Thanks!

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    • Christine replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

      absolutely! my suggestion would be use a little extra skim milk in the feta sauce to create a thinner consistency – I think this will keep the dish moist while it rests in the fridge and will prevent drying out. take out your dish while the oven pre-heats, then pop it in and cook as directed!

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    Rachel — January 30, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

    Found this on Pinterest! Thank you Christine! Absolutely delicious!! ;-)

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    • Christine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

      that’s so great Rachel! so glad you enjoyed and I hope you keep coming back for more :)

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    Emily @ Em the Baker — January 31, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Hey Christine!

    I made this for dinner two nights ago–it was SO good! I’ve been eating it for lunch and dinner since. Thanks for the great recipe :)

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    • Christine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

      that’s awesome Emily, love hearing when people get great results! honestly I did the same, I couldn’t keep myself from eating it! so glad you liked it and pls keep coming back!

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    camille — February 3, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so so so good! Thank you so much and greetings from paris!

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    • Christine replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

      camille you just made my day!!!!! Not only am I thrilled that you loved the recipe, but to have a fan in paris is a dream come true!! it is my favorite place in the world and I got engaged there back in June – truly so great hearing from you, I hope to see you back here in the future :)

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      • camille replied: — February 4th, 2014 @ 4:27 am

        hi Christine, i’m glad I could make you smile cause you certainely made my tummy happy ;) thanks again!
        and i will definitely keep checking out your blog for more great ideas!

        • Christine replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 10:06 am

          happy to hear it!! :)

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    Diane — February 4, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    Saw this on Refinery29 and made it for a work potluck today, it was a hit! Can’t wait to try your other recipes!

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    • Christine replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 9:55 am

      that’s so great Diane, thanks for letting me know! Please keep coming back for more tasty eats :)

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    Sally — February 5, 2014 @ 2:39 am

    This was fab! Subbed cilantro for parsley and laughing cow lite Swiss for some of the feta because that’s all I had on hand. May have slipped in a little extra garlic, too, because when is that ever a bad idea? So delicious! Will be adding this to the meal rotation @ my husband’s request!

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    • Christine replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

      girrrl I always have to scale back on how much garlic I cook with on here because I could use TONS! So glad it worked out and nice job with the substitutes – it’s all about making it work! hope to keep seeing you back here for more :)

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    Sharon — February 6, 2014 @ 6:59 am

    This sounds delicious! I love quinoa. Please advise–you say to “top with remaining feta.” Shall I put a cup in the food processor with the skim milk and reserve 1/4 cup for the topping? Or just add some more in addition to the 1 1/4 cups? Thank you!

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    • Christine replied: — February 7th, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

      yes Sharon thank you for bringing that omission to my attention! 1 cup of feta goes into the food processor to create the feta sauce, the last 1/4 cup you sprinkle on top! hope you enjoy it!!

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    Darlene — February 10, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    I just made this. Sso good!

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    • Christine replied: — February 10th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

      that’s great Darlene! please keep coming back for more tasty ideas!

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    Toodie — February 22, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    Found you on Pinterest and am cracking up at your blog. Love it! And love the sounds of this recipe too so will be making soon.

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    • Christine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

      that’s great Toodie, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it here! Def give this one a try and keep coming back for more :) xx

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    Rella Lee — March 2, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    This looks so good and healthy. Will it work if I don’t use quite so much cheese? I;m not much of a cook but have decided I have to if I want my husband and I to have truly healthy food. Thanks for making it so easy to print the recipes, that is really thoughtful. I liked you on facebook.

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    • Christine replied: — March 3rd, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

      thanks for the like Rella, I’m so glad you found me! this will absolutely work with less cheese, it’s all about personal preference! and if you want to cut down on dairy in general, feel free to swap out the milk for chicken or vegetable broth, which will work just as nicely. let me know your results & keep coming back for more! xx

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    Camille — March 5, 2014 @ 1:24 am

    Soooo excited I found this recipe! My family (and me of course) absolutely loves it! I’ve already prepared it at least 3 times in the last 2months. Each time I add a little something different just for variation. So in my latest version I swapped out onion powder for sautéed chopped onions, and then added some cilantro to the parsley, garlic, milk, lemon juice mixture! What a flavor burst!! I’ve also tried cheddar and pepper jack cheese (at different times) to compliment the feta. Oh..and rice milk works great instead of regular milk. No difference in taste at all! If only I could post a pic.
    Fantastic recipe Cakes….keep’em coming! :)

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    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 9:58 am

      that’s so great Camille, I’m thrilled you’re enjoying it!! and I love the creativity too, it’s such a great dish to customize and it sounds like you’re hitting a home run in that department! keep coming back for more sista! :) xx

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    Amanda — March 6, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Probably a little obsessed with it as I’ve made it three times since finding it in January. We use a rice/quinoa blend that is sold by the brand Near East which is fantastic.. Last time I used a can of chopped tomatos and even threw in a can of cooked chicken for a bit more protein.

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    • Christine replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:02 am

      yay I love hearing this Amanda, thanks for coming back to let me know!! it’s such a versatile dish, I’m glad you’re playing around with how to prepare it – the choices are endless! keep coming back for more tasty ideas :) xx

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    Lia — March 13, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    This was so delicious!!!! My fiance and I aren’t huge fans of artichoke hearts so I put in an orange bell pepper (no red bell peppers in the house) instead and it was still soo good! It does seem like a very versatile dish. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Christine replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

      that’s so great Lia!!! I love the creativity – that’s exactly what you need to do with cooking, making swaps where it’s needed! so glad you enjoyed and hope you keep coming back for more!

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    Jenny — March 19, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

    How much UNCOOKED quinoa is needed for the recipe?

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    • Christine replied: — March 24th, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

      a little more than 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa will give you the 2 1/2 cups cooked that you need :)

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    Alice — March 26, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    Oops! I made 2.5 cups uncooked! It didn’t seem to have enough veggies for all of the quinoa. How much of the dry quinoa did you cook?

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    • Alice replied: — March 26th, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

      Just saw the above post! Thanks!

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    cami — March 29, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

    This looks awesome, can’t wait to try it! Do you think I could sub all feta for mozz cheese?

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    • Christine replied: — April 1st, 2014 @ 9:59 am

      absolutely Cami! the feta won’t melt on top as cleanly as the mozzarella (shredded cheese just melts better than crumbled), but it will still be delicious!! good luck and enjoy :)

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    Shannon — April 1, 2014 @ 12:12 am

    OMG! My good friend made this and brought some leftovers for me to try and YUM! Great recipe, and I strongly recommend everyone to try it!

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    • Christine replied: — April 1st, 2014 @ 10:00 am

      that’s great Shannon! I hope she inspired you to give it a try as well :) thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know!

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    Bethany — April 1, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    I can’t wait to make this recipe! It looks super delicious, but I’ve been wondering: can you reheat it, if so what’s the best way to do it?

    Thank you!

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    • Christine replied: — April 1st, 2014 @ 10:02 am

      that’s great Bethany, absolutely go for it! I just reheated it in the microwave, about a minute depending on how large of a serving you’re reheating – tasted just as great, esp since I threw in a little extra chee when I did ;) good luck!

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    Jessi — April 11, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! This might be a stupid question, but do you think this could work in the crock pot?

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    • Christine replied: — April 12th, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

      thanks for stopping by Jessi! honestly I wish I could answer this but I don’t own a crockpot, I can’t fit one in my tiny nyc apt! still think you should try & make it as I outlined – it’s easy and sooo yums! xx

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    Kelly — April 16, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    Hi! I am making this for Easter – so excited. Question though: it says 2 cups of cooked quinoa. So, how much dry quinoa do yuo recommed I put aside to cook?

    Thanks!

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    Kelly — April 16, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    Hi! I am making this for Easter – so excited. Question though: it says 2 cups of cooked quinoa. So, how much dry quinoa do you recommend I put aside to cook?

    Thanks!

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    Cici — July 7, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    I made this last night and enjoyed every bite!! I think it’s going to be a regular on my menu! Thanks!

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    Christen — October 7, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was delicious! Will definitely be making this again.

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